Minimalist Semantics

Gillian Ramchand

in The Oxford Handbook of Linguistic Minimalism

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199549368
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics

Minimalist Semantics


This article presents a particular view of semantics which makes a strict separation between aspects of meaning that derive from the central computational system and those which belong in other, more general cognitive modules. While the details of the implementation are an empirical issue, it argues that the proposed model can handle many of the intricate issues involved in understanding verb meaning and argument structure. To the extent that the enterprise is successful, it is a model for the universal aspects of language structure and its close relation to abstract meaning relations. In this sense, the model is a proposal for a ‘minimalist semantics’.

Keywords: computational system; argument structure; language structure; verb meaning; abstract meaning

Article.  8314 words. 

Subjects: Linguistics ; Semantics

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